Greg Pursley won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at the Bullring in Las Vegas for the second year in a row. His trip to Victory Lane was not nearly as dominant as it was last year though. Pursley qualified third, passed his Gene Price Motorsports teammate Dylan Kwasniewski on lap 12, and won by a mere 0.700 seconds.
Greg Pursley leads Dylan Kwasniewski in Las Vegas.
"It was a great race," Pursley said. "We had a really good car there and a really good battle there with Dylan. Our car, on a restart, wouldn't start going until about 10 laps in. We had a great battle with him there at the end. Kid's a great driver, but our car was just a little bit better and had a little bit more at the end."
Pursley and Kwasniewski gave Gene Price Motorsports a 1-2 finish in the Star Nursery 200. Kwasniewski won the pole and maintained his lead in the K&N Pro Series West standings. "That's two in a row here and we just can't be proud enough," Pursley said.
Greg Pursley celebrates his victory in Vegas.
Pursley, the driver of the No. 26 Ford, won his second race of the season and the 11th of his K&N Pro Series West career. Pursley worked his way to the front on lap 12 and held the lead for 147 laps before Kwasniewski regained the lead. "It's pretty critical to get a good restart here," Pursley said. "You want to be on the bottom. I knew we had a little bit better car than him, so I was going to try and get in back a little later. It worked out for us. I'm just really proud of my Gene Price Motorsports guys. It's a brand new car, first race on it. I'm just really proud of them."
Kwasniewski was out front for the next 32 laps including a caution period that started on lap 184. Jessica Brunelli spun out in turn 4 and brought out the 10th caution flag of the night. When the race restarted on lap 192, Pursley passed Kwasniewski and stayed out front for the last eight laps of the race. "He had a good car and I definitely knew he was on my bumper," Kwasniewski said. "We'll come back and we'll definitely put it to him the next race."
Jonathan Gomez was third, followed by David Mayhew in fourth and rookie Cameron Hayley in fifth. "I knew it was going to be hot, but it took a toll on the car," Gomez said. "The car ran really hot the whole race. I went through like three bottles of water. But the car was really good. I'm happy to be in the top three. It's good for the team. Good momentum. We're moving forward every race."
Kwasniewski has a 12-point lead over Pursley in the K&N Pro Series West standings after seven races. Each driver has won two races. Kwasniewski has seven top-five finishes to Pursley's six. "Second place is alright," Kwasniewski said. "I know it's not a win, but I lost to Greg, so it's definitely better than losing to somebody else."
The Star Nursery 200 will be televised on Speed on June 14 at noon PDT. The next K&N Pro Series West race is the Pick-N-Pull Racing To Stop Hunger 200 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., on June 23.
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